IVC Filters and Blood Clots


Vogelzang Law is currently looking into claims that are related to a medical device, an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, since they have been known to cause serious personal injuries to those who have used them. The injuries include punctured veins, organ perforation and death.

An IVC filter is a very small, cage-like device that gets implanted into the inferior vena cava in order to prevent a blood clot from forming in the lungs or heart. However, there is a supposed defect in the design of these devices that causes them to move within the body or break apart. The manufacturers of these devices have many lawsuits filed against them and the suits claim that the companies hid the health risks that these devices posed to the public. If you or a loved one suffers from blood clot filter complications do not hesitate to contact our office at 312-466-1669.


A news report on NBC just recently discussed the hazards that are associated with IVC filters. The report discussed how a woman who had been in a car accident had been at a high risk for developing blood clots and received an IVC filter. Because of this, she suffered a critical medical event and almost died while in an ambulance on her way to the hospital. The doctors at the hospital found that part of the IVC filter had broken off and pierced her heart and she needed emergency surgery to remove the one-inch piece of metal from her heart.

This is just one example of the dangers that an IVC filter poses. Although these filters were designed to trap blood clots and prevent them from going to the lungs or heart, there seems to be a defect in the design that causes them to break apart or migrate. If a piece or the entire filter breaks away from where it was implanted, it can move to the heart or lungs and can cause serious organ perforation or even death.

Over the course of 5 years, there were almost 1000 adverse events that were reported to the FDA in regards to IVC filters. A 2010 communication of the FDA stated that 328 patients suffered from the device migrating, 146 patients suffered from a component of the device detaching, 40 patients suffered from IVC perforation and 56 people suffered injury from the filter fracturing. Another report from the FDA determined that the risks of an IVC filter outweighed the benefits for some patients.

Manufacturers might have withheld information about the possible risks

— NBC News

One of the largest manufacturers of the device, CF Bard, seems to have known about the dangers of one type of IVC filter, but they did not provide this information to the public, according to the NBC News report. Withholding this information unnecessarily put patients at risk for serious injury.

CF Bard’s “Bard Recovery” filter has been linked to 27 fatalities and hundreds of other injuries. It had been fast-tracked for approval by the FDA because of its “substantial equivalence” to other types of IVC filters that were already on the market. This device received approval because Bard gave assurance that the Recovery IVC was just as safe, if not safer than the older IVC filters.

However, a report that was commissioned by Bard was acquired by NBC News and it says that Bard may have known since 2004 that the Recovery device was more unsafe than the older filters. The report, according to NBC, said that when compared to its competitors, the Recovery device was more likely to fracture, migrate and cause death. The report had been commissioned by a doctor who warned Bard that they needed to look further into their device, but the company refused to issue a recall. There are still thousands of patients who have that device implanted in them.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as a result of being implanted with an IVC filter, we are here to help you.  Contact us and learn more about what your legal rights are.

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